MXGP Perception: HRC maestro Marcus Pereira de Freitas

After a few very hectic seasons, involving final race championship battles, one-day codecs, title-wins and COVID-19 affected travelling, the 2023 MXGP championship has the potential for getting issues again to some form of normality. And if that ‘new regular’ signifies that reigning champion Tim Gajser is ready to win his sixth title in 9 years, HRC Basic Supervisor Marcus Pereira de Freitas can be very happy certainly. Right here is an interview with the likeable Brazilian, giving an replace on what’s been occurring with Workforce HRC these previous few months.

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How has the low season been for the staff to date?

Regardless that we haven’t had any races, there’s nonetheless loads of working happening, ensuring we’re in one of the best place doable for the 2023 marketing campaign. There are at all times issues to enhance, to organise and issues we learnt from final 12 months that may be applied this coming season. Proper now, there’s a little bit of a maintain up, as we don’t have a finalised calendar, so we are able to’t absolutely nail down how we are going to method the primary few rounds, however as soon as that comes out, will probably be all methods go.

And the way are issues in search of 2023?

It’s all very constructive! We’ve an ideal group of sponsors who’re a pleasure to work with, and we had good productive conferences for this 12 months, which is at all times an essential a part of the method of operating a profitable staff. After which on-track, each Tim (Gajser) and Ruben (Fernandez) have each been doing their coaching over the winter, on and off the bike. They’re very impressed with the enhancements we’ve made with the CRF450R and are excited for the season to start. Clearly, they’re nonetheless working their means into race-shape, having had a little bit of a break however, general, they’re doing precisely what they have to be doing to come back into the season on the highest doable degree.

Ruben is new to the staff, so how has he been adapting to the brand new atmosphere?

To this point it has been very simple for him, and for us! He rode for Workforce Honda 114 Motorsports final 12 months, so he already had a very good relationship with a few of our staff and that made the transition to Workforce HRC simpler. Issues run a bit of bit in another way, and he has some further issues that he didn’t should do earlier than, however general, it’s been easy and he has tailored and learnt in a short time. He’s very pleased with the bike and we are able to’t anticipate him to indicate everybody what he’s able to. Final 12 months was a little bit of a studying expertise for him, he had some ups and a few downs nevertheless it was good for these to occur and I consider he’ll come into this 12 months loads stronger.

And what about Tim’s preparations?

For Tim, he’s so centered and ready that we don’t have to fret that he’s doing what he must do. We keep watch over all the pieces, after all, however he’s a mannequin skilled and we all know to belief him and let him do work out what works and what doesn’t work. Having Tiga243land was such an enormous step for him, as a result of he’s absolutely in charge of when and when he rides. He doesn’t have to fret about another riders, or if tracks can be open or not. He is ready to do precisely what he must do, and is totally centered on making it occur. He has had a busy low season with the journey to Japan and varied awards that include being a five-time world champion, however we’re happy with how he has dealt with it, and know that when the primary gate drops, he can be in precisely the precise place.

Final weekend was the primary Supercross, is that this one thing you take note of?

After all, I feel everybody within the staff watches as a lot as they’ll, actually the primary few rounds. We prefer to help our fellow Workforce HRC guys, and see how they’re doing and the way the bike is performing and in addition as a result of we’re followers of the game. It was nice to see Jett successful, and Chase main for a short time, and in addition new rider Colt Nichols doing nicely on his Honda debut. Whereas Supercross is a special self-discipline from motocross, it’s nonetheless essential for Honda and we at all times need to help their efforts.

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